Vendor Spotlight: Kylie Hester with The Barns of Kanak
Meet Kylie Hester, Client Experience Consultant with The Barns of Kanak! At this gorgeous venue, the Kylie and the rest of the staff will treat you like family and make sure your wedding day is everything you’ve ever dreamed of!
What makes you or your business stand out and why should a couple hire you?
The Barns of Kanak offers more than just a rustically elegant venue space. We offer an unforgettable experience. As a family owned and operated business, our hearts are aligned with each couple’s unique wedding vision. We are passionate about what we do, and consider it an honor to be a part of each couple’s special day. Because of this, our package includes a month-of coordinating team that partners with couples in developing a timeline and finalizing the little details. When it comes to the rehearsal and wedding day, we know the couple’s vision and how to execute it with attention to detail. This allows the couple to have the freedom in planning and designing their wedding day, in addition to the professionalism and precision of a coordinating team.
What’s a weird/unusual tip you tell your couples?
When I am coordinating a wedding, I get to be with the bride right before we slide open our big barn doors and she walks down the aisle to her groom. I usually remind her to walk slower than what feels comfortable so that she can take it all in and breathe. Because there are so many emotions and so many people staring, it’s easy to want to walk quickly. Don’t let the emotions take over and cause you to miss out on enjoying that special walk!
What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
Our favorite thing about serving clients in the wedding industry is hearing our clients’ love stories. We consider our clients family and want to know things like how they met and all the details of the proposal. Having heard their stories, we feel even more connected when we get to see each couple make their lifelong commitment at the altar. We are delighted knowing that The Barns of Kanak now plays a special part in that continued story.
How did you get to where you are now?
My parents, Tom and Diane McCormick, had a vision of owning a business together in the wedding industry. Having been married for almost 30 years, Tom and Diane knew that helping couples enter into the commitment of marriage would be something they could both joyfully pursue. When the opportunity to purchase The Barns of Kanak arose, they knew this would be the special place they could share with couples for years to come. I decided to leave my corporate job in finance to join them in this journey as a Client Experience Consultant, and could not be more passionate about this family business. Since taking ownership in August 2018, we have been supported by our family, friends, and community, and look forward to many future celebrations of weddings at The Barns.
What’s something every couple should know before getting married?
Remember not to get too overwhelmed by the stress and business of wedding planning. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you are getting to marry your forever best friend. Yes–take the time to plan the little details, but don’t forget that your joy should be found in becoming one with the love of your life. If you get too caught up in the details of planning, you may miss out on the sweet moments of soaking in this exciting time. When all of the little details don’t go perfectly on your wedding day, it’s ok! And if it rains on your wedding day, it’s ok! It will still be your best day ever with the right outlook.
What’s your go-to spot to eat in RVA?
This is such a tough question because there are just so many. I would say Sabai or My Noodle and Bar for Asian food, Casa del Barco for Mexican, and Toast for those sweet potato tots!
What was your first job?
My first job in high school was scooping ice cream at Brusters. I have had an ice cream addiction ever since. I absolutely love it!
What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
A pumpkin muffin. I’m that person that believes in pumpkin-everything during the fall. Also, I have the biggest sweet tooth out of anyone. Isn’t it awesome that muffins are basically cupcakes without the icing and somehow they are acceptable for breakfast?!
What do you like to do when you’re away from work?
My husband and I love to travel the world, hike and try new breweries. We also love running with our puppy, Dallas. I enjoy rehearsing a few days per week with a professional contemporary dance company as well!
Where is your happy place?
My happy place is anywhere with my family. I absolutely love spending time with my husband, my immediate family, and my in-laws. I consider these people the biggest blessings in my life, especially my two little nephews Charlie and Henry!
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on now?
I’ve been working on our annual Breakfast with Santa at The Barns of Kanak, and I’m pretty pumped about all that we have planned! It will be an awesome time for families in the community to come celebrate the magic of Christmas. Tickets are currently on sale through our website and Facebook page!
What would be in your dream sandwich?
What about dream Nachos?
White queso, salsa, peppers, onions, lettuce, sour cream, shredded chicken, and a squeeze of lime.
What’s your go-to dance move?
Anything and everything. I love learning new moves. Swing dancing is probably my favorite when we’re out and about.
Learn more about Kylie and the rest of the team at The Barns of Kanak on their website! Feature Photo: Lindsay Fauver Photography.